When you’re moving, you have 101 things to think about. So it’s easy to forget about the little things that make a huge difference. Read through our checklist to make your move smooth and worry-free.
Before the Move
Make a schedule.
With a job, social activities, children, pets and other responsibilities, it can be difficult to decide what you need to do when. Use a calendar to keep track of the little things, like collecting boxes, donating old clothes, and filling out change-of-address forms. Set a goal for each day so you can stay on top of your moving process. It’ll save you a lot of stress at the move approaches.
After labeling what’s in your boxes, add other details like what room they’ll be in and what fragile items are inside. Consider numbering your boxes and keeping a separate, corresponding list that contains more details about the items in each box. That way, you’ll know exactly where your possessions are, and where they’ll go in your new place.
Use your baskets, laundry hampers, and suitcases as boxes to pack your things in. You’ll save space in your truck or Uhaul by making every piece count.
Keep fragile items safe.
You might be used to placing your dishes a certain way in the kitchen, but that’s not necessarily the best way to pack them for a move. Pack plates vertically, like vinyl records. You’ll put less pressure on your plates, and they’ll be less likely to break. Also unscrew lightbulbs from lamps and other fixtures, and store them separately. And obviously, use packing paper, peanuts, or bubble wrap between your fragile items.
For the Day Of
Your friends will likely agree to help you out, but moving day can be a long, grueling, and grumpy ordeal. Considering hiring help to ease the stress of the day. You can hire local college students to help pack, move heavy boxes, or drive your truck. Go to sweeps.jobs to get started.
Pack the essentials.
Make sure to pack a bag of your necessities for the night and few days after the move. The last thing you want is to be sifting through boxes trying to find a clean shirt or soap.
Keep Ziploc bags on hand for screws, mounts, and other small parts you may need to take furniture and tech items apart.
On the big day, make sure your young children or pets are elsewhere. Ask a friend to dog sit for the day in exchange for lunch, or drop the kids at a babysitter’s. You don’t want anxious pets or children running around the house when you’re moving boxes in and out.
Make time for food, even if it’s just pizza. You and you helpers are going to need it to make it through the day!